Guess what I realized today? You know in cartoons, when a character has a light bulb illuminate over his/her head? Well, today it came to me. I don’t need to lump all of my ideas from one day into one post. It is possible, and makes more sense, to separate posts by topic. Whoa! My mind is blown!
On to the topic at hand. I have a confession to make: I’m shallow. I had always thought of myself as open-minded. A little over one week ago, I realized that that is not the case. Against my better judgement (I intend to use that phrase frequently and from now on, will abbreviate it as AMBJ), I have been visiting a couple of free dating sites. I got a notification on my phone last Friday that someone had written to me, and I was surprised to see that he was a good-looking guy with a great body! Guys like that never message me!
After seeing him on the mobile app, I decided to go to the full site and check out his message. He had several punctuation and spelling mistakes (a big no-no for me), but AMBJ, I decided, “Oh, what the Hell? He’s cute”, and so, I responded to him. Thus, I am a shallow, shallow person.
You see, I would never tolerate English language abuse from anyone mediocre, but because this man was attractive and built, I figured, these traits will make up for his grammatical issues. Lo and behold, it wasn’t just grammar issues that plagued this man, but I’ll discuss that experience later. This article I read, especially point number four, really sums it up.
One point that the article makes, is that online dating prevents you from actually being able to interact with someone face-to-face, and maybe get to know him/her before passing judgement. The sad truth is, at least when it comes to online dating, looks do matter.
For instance, I will not look at a profile without a picture. I can remember, probably in the early 2000s, when online dating sites had the option to send in a photograph to the company and the site would scan and post your photo to your profile. With so many technological advantages occurring within this young century, surely, an online dater can figure out a way to post a picture of himself to his profile. There is no excuse for a person not to have a picture. So it always makes me wonder, if he doesn’t have a picture posted, what is he hiding?
It’s awful to think like that, but truthfully, I’m left wondering why. Is he severely disfigured? Is his picture a mugshot? Is he underage? Looks matter, physical appearance is the first thing one sees when scoping out a partner. Unfortunately, looks don’t indicate a man’s trustworthiness, sense of humor, intelligence, and all of those characteristics that add to a man’s appeal. It’s a shame that we can’t see those traits immediately when browsing for a date online. I guess I need to look deeper.